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USDA helps hurricane victims through WIC and SNAP flexibilities

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The USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) announced that as of Sunday, Sept. 3, mothers and children who were affected by hurricane Harvey will have an easier time finding foods.

The USDA has approved food-package flexibilities for WIC recipients, specifically with foods that have been cut in short supply due to the hurricane. These items include a variety of eggs, bread and unflavored milk.

Other WIC flexibilities for Texans include waivers to allow all disaster-affected schools to provide meals to students at no charge through Sept. 30.

Further assistance by the USDA include extending the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to families who have evacuated their homes and are now living out of the State of Texas because of the hurricane. Now all SNAP state agencies have the choice of using the program’s expedite service provisions to assist evacuees with two months of disaster benefits under a special Evacuee Policy made in response to Hurricane Harvey.

Additional assistance continues to be made through organizations such as the American Red Cross and Southern Baptist Men who serve hot meals in shelters. People seeking more information on this type of aid should call 2-1-1 (for people in Texas) or 1-877-541-7905.

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